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Steve Shelton rattles off the names of talents from the past, area players making an impact now and those who will enter the scene in a few years.
He pauses at times as he recalls the name of another stellar kid from an upcoming recruiting class — an athlete too young to vote or even drive.
It’s difficult to track them all, but it’s clear that the local pipeline is packed with studs.
“The 2016 class is loaded,” said Shelton, program director and assistant coach for the North Carolina-based AAU program called the CP3 All-Stars. “I mean, loaded.”
North Carolina overcame a slow start to race past 10th-ranked Lehigh 16-7 in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse tournament Saturday at Fetzer Field. Eleven different Tar Heels scored in the game as UNC rung up its largest margin of victory in an NCAA game since 1990 when current head coach Joe Breschi served as the senior captain for the Carolina team.
ACC champion North Carolina improved to 13-3 on the campaign, its most wins in a season since 2010 to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for the third time in Breschi’s five years as head coach, but first time in three years.
We’re a little behind here seeing as basketball season has been over for a little over a month now, but it’s never a bad thing to go back and reflect. And reflect we will. After each season, Roy Williams sits down with each of his players and grades them based on their play and I thought, what a perfect opportunity we have for us at KIH to do the same. And so between now and summer ball, we will go through each player and give them a report card from our view. Let’s start with the upper classman shall we?
Dexter will go down as one of the more controversial players in Tar Heel history. He was criticized by some and loved by others. I tend to fall in the latter group personally and am truly sad that Dexter will no longer be an active player on the team because he brought a lot to the table including great leadership.